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64036
64, Lot: 36. Estimate $300.
Sold for $180. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Time of Alexander the Molossian, 333-331 BC. Æ Obol (18mm, 6.84 gm). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress; DI above / Eagle standing right holding serpent. Attianese 196; SNG ANS 432; Laffaille 81 = Laffaille, "Choix de Monnaies Grecques en Bronze," 21 (this coin); SNG Morcom 403; HN Italy 2217. EF, dark green patina, minor smoothing in fields.

From the David Freedman Collection. Ex Maurice Laffaille Collection (Münzen und Medaillen Auktion 76, 19-20 September 1991), lot 81.

The obverse is a copy of the Herakles head of the new imperial coinage of Alexander III of Macedon, beginning in 336 BC, demonstrating that this issue will have been struck at the time of Alexander the Molosian, at whose marriage to the Macedonian’s sister Cleopatra, Philip II was assassinated.